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Dec 21, 2010

Dec 21, 2010

House sends food safety bill to president

(CIDRAP News) – A major food safety bill designed to boost contamination-prevention efforts all along the food chain cleared the last of many legislative hurdles today with a 215-144 vote in the House, sending it to President Obama for his promised signature.

Dec 15, 2010

Dec 15, 2010

CDC revises decade-old foodborne illness estimates

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released newer, more precise estimates of the foodborne illness burden, suggesting 1 in 6 Americans get sick each year, a rate lower than previously thought.

Dec 13, 2010

Dec 13, 2010

Report: Ground beef safety for fed programs needs hard science

(CIDRAP News) – Stricter testing for ground beef bound for school lunches, emergency food banks, and other government programs isn't likely to boost safety, but a stronger scientific basis and other measures could, according to a new report from the National Research Council (NRC).

Sep 13, 2010

Sep 13, 2010

Federal inspectors say outside pressures hurt food safety

(CIDRAP News) – Many federal food safety workers say their work has been hampered by corporate interests, political pressure, and influence from other groups, according to a survey released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Jul 02, 2010

Jul 02, 2010

USDA stiffens standards for ground beef sent to schools

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has formally adopted tougher safety standards for ground beef used in the National School Lunch program, a move that was first proposed in May and was originally spurred by a newspaper investigative report last December.

Apr 08, 2010

Apr 08, 2010

FSIS pledges to push harder on E coli tracebacks

(CIDRAP News) – Consumer groups have contended that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigates less aggressively when it finds E coli O157:H7 in routine testing of ground beef than it does when an E coli outbreak is linked to contaminated meat. As a result, the groups argue, the agency misses a chance to prevent some illnesses.

Mar 03, 2010

Mar 03, 2010

Study says foodborne illness costs US $152 billion a year

(CIDRAP News) – A new estimate on the annual health burden of foodborne illnesses in the United States puts the cost at $152 billion, an amount much higher than previous estimates, but one that the author of today's report hopes will spur action from policymakers.

Feb 01, 2010

Feb 01, 2010

Federal budget proposal boosts food safety, biodefense

(CIDRAP News) – The Obama administration today released its $3.8 trillion budget for the 2011 fiscal year, trimming some public health programs but posting notable gains for food safety and bioterror countermeasures.

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